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Registration open for 2015 GWA Pasadena Symposium
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Online registration is now open on the GWA website! Take advantage of early registration rates though July 20.
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Publicize your work at the 2015 GWA Symposium
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The GWA book fair is an opportunity for members to display their works to other members for book and product reviews. Each participating author who registers is entitled to one-half of a 3-foot by 6-foot table space to display his/her work. The book fair will be open during all exhibit hours. Space is limited, so book fair participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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April Quill & Trowel newsletter available
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Members may view and download the April issue of the Quill & Trowel. Major contents include: President's report, regional meeting announcements, symposium updates and more.
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GWA name change survey
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Several committees are at work, examining GWA's strategic plan, forms of communications and the name Garden Writers Association. The Strategic Communications Committee seeks your input on the name of the organization we all love. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey below (two questions!) by April 24.
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PAR participates in Dallas project
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On April 7, the GWA Foundation's Plant A Row for the Hungry program joined the celebration to dedicate the West Dallas La Bajada Urban Youth Farm. PAR participated with students from local schools, Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Gardening Association, ScottsMiracle-Gro and the Franklin Park Conservatory as part of the GRO1000. La Bajada Urban Youth Farm will be created from a 4.5-acre vacant lot that will be transformed into an education and recreation zone for area youth and their families.
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Oklahoma State University seeks assistant extension specialist/Oklahoma gardening host
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The Oklahoma State University Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture invites applicants for an 11-month, 100 percent extension, non-tenure track faculty position in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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Traditional books on paper open a new chapter of success
The Guardian
A former tannery has been magicked into an arts venue, the lights have been dimmed, and a roomful of publishing executives are sitting on creaky wooden floors, cross-legged or knees scrunched up, school-assembly style. The canapes can wait: the group has gathered to listen to writers reading their latest, soon-to-be-published works — a heart-rending family memoir, a Jazz Age tale, the gangs of Los Angeles.
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Grumbling, but not quitting: What authors really think of publishers
Agent Hunter
At the start of March, Jane Friedman and Harry Bingham launched the English-speaking world's most comprehensive survey of what authors think of the firms that publish them. They invited the views of traditionally published authors only, whether or not they had also self-published. They sought to create a survey that was both balanced and incisive: one that wouldn't shirk the questions that matter most to authors.
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The most concerning element of Facebook's potential new power
Columbia Journalism Review
"Facebook has more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard around the globe than any Supreme Court justice, any king or any president." Those prescient words came from law professor Jeffrey Rosen way back in 2010. Five years later, the Times is willingly handing its censorship keys over to that king of kings.
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Why self-promotion as an author doesn't work
Whimsydark
It's 2012. I'm sitting at a table in the front of the room, a microphone poised to capture my every word. At this local writing conference, I am considered a rock star. Everyone in the audience wants what I have — a three-book contract with a traditional publishing company. Their eyes are hungry, their pens poised over notebooks. We take a question from the crowd.
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How typing is destroying your memory
Fast Company
Bad News: If you take notes in a meeting using your laptop, or if you create a to-do list using an app, you might be undermining your ability to recall the information later. A recent study published in Psychological Science found that the pen is mightier than the keyboard when it comes to remembering what you just jotted down.
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See why the garden of the future could be a billboard
Take Part
They've come up with a billboard that eats smog and one that generates water by sucking it from humid air. Now the students at the Lima, Peru–based University of Engineering and Technology are tackling another challenge that affects plenty of communities around the globe: water and soil that are too polluted to use to grow crops.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Finding time to write (Writer's Digest)
Self-publishing: The good, the bad and the even worse (WND)
A visit to the coolest culinary garden around (Yahoo)
Should young writers 'wait their turn'? (New Republic)
Pasadena hotel block now open for the 2015 GWA Symposium (GWA)

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Michelle Obama hosts garden planting at the White House
UPI
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the annual vegetable garden planting for students from around the country at the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 15.
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Nicholls tells Digital Minds: 'Showrooming is like shoplifting'
The Bookseller
Showrooming is just a "genteel form of shoplifting" author David Nicholls told an audience at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference. Giving a keynote speech at the digital event ahead of the fair's official start, Nicholls spoke of the importance of physical bookshops, and criticized the practice of discovering a title in a bookshop only to buy it online instead, known as showrooming.
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